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Westmorland FA Groundsman of the Year 2016

January 26, 2016

Westmorland County FA are now seeking nominations for The FA Groundsman of the Year Awards 2016.

The FA’s Groundsman of the Year is now in its 14th year. The Award was established to recognise the outstanding contribution of these unsung heroes of the grassroots game and encourage the development of groundmanship.

Grassroots groundsmen, the vast majority of whom are volunteers, play a huge role in ensuring pitches are in their best possible condition, who work week in, week out, in all weathers, all year round, to make sure that thousands of matches can take place on a high standard of playing surface.

Each County FA will be collating nominations over the next few weeks and will then submit their top three applications to The FA to be in contention to win the national Award.

The Awards Day followed in the footsteps of the successful 2015 competition and took place in mid-August at St George’s Park. The nominees were given a guided tour of the site as well as an insightful presentation from Alan Ferguson (Head of Grounds & Estates) regarding the work that goes on at the facility. The awards ceremony took place in the afternoon with members of The FA Facilities Committee presenting the winners with their certificates and trophies.

The winners were then invited as special guests for the England v Estonia European Championship qualifying fixture in October. The winners enjoyed the hospitality on offer before being treated to an opportunity to join the Wembley Ground Staff on the pitch at half time. The feedback we received from our guests was overwhelmingly positive and we are extremely excited to see what this season brings.

The 2015 winner was Kendal County FC Groundsman, Wayne Chorley.

You can nominate your groundsman from Step 7 of the football pyramid and below by visiting www.WestmorlandFA.com for a nomination form.  Closing date for nominations is Friday 12 February 2016.

For more information contact Daniel.Ferguson@WestmorlandFA.com or 07944033337 or @WestmorlandFA